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Rwandan brewer Bralirwa first-half pre-tax profit up 213 pct

 Rwandan brewer Bralirwa 's first-half pre-tax profit more than tripled from last year, helped by prudent cost management, it said.   Profits at the brewer, controlled by Heineken, the world's second-largest beer maker, surged to 2.91 billion Rwandan francs ($3.53 million), from 929 million francs in the first half of 2016.   The firm said in a statement it had faced "a challenging operating environment" in the first half, but had managed to minimise the.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th August 2017

Rwanda: Inflation Rate Drops to 3.5 Percent Year-on-Year in July

 Rwanda's inflation rate dropped to 3.5 per cent in July year-on-year from 4.8 per cent recorded in June, the monthly Consumer Price Index report for July 2017 indicates.   The decline is attributable to lower cost of foodstuffs and non-alcoholic beverages and transport, according to the report released yesterday by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR).   The prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages fell to 6.9 per cent last month lower than 9.8.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th August 2017

Rwandan Farmers Reject Imported Tea

 Tea growers and residents in Nyamasheke and Rusizi districts have resolved to begin consuming their own tea instead of imported tea.   “It’s unbelievable. We only drink our own tea in hotels in Kigali.  A cup of tea costs more in hotels yet I can have the same cup here locally without having to travel” said Emmanuel Nzayisenga one of the tea farmers.   For over 50 years tea farmers from Shangi, Ruharambuga, Bushenge, Nkungu, Karengera and.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th August 2017

Two Rwandan Start-ups in the Running for a Prize of Half a Million Euros

 ARED brings sustainable energy and cheap WiFi to the African countryside, offering a clean alternative to diesel generators. Its franchise business model also provides employment opportunities for people living in remote regions.   Henri Nyakarundi (40), founder of ARED: "It's amazing to be recognized as a green entrepreneur by such a competition in the field of sustainable innovation. The prize money enables us to scale up our business model and further improve the.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th August 2017

Ignite Launches the Most Affordable Price Plan in Africa for Solar Home Systems

 Ignite, headquartered in Rwanda, has been able to change the energy paradigm in a Continent afflicted by energy poverty with over 700 million people without access to power. By virtue of Ignite's large-scale project model and its recently secured local currency debt financing, Ignite is offering a price plan which multiplies the addressable market for Solar Home products.   Yariv Cohen, Ignite's Chief Executive, says, "We completed phase 2 of 'Ignite Rwanda' project..... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th August 2017

Home solar products enabling Rwandas off-grid plan

 Rwandan-based energy company, Ignite Power, is confident to have been able to change the energy paradigm in Africa as it is offering a price plan for home solar products.   Ignite's chief executive, Yariv Cohen, said: "We [have] completed phase 2 of 'Ignite Rwanda' project. With a network of 1,600 installers, operational efficiencies and economies of scale, we can make home solar more affordable than ever before.   "The launch marks the commencement of.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th August 2017

Solar-Storage Mini-Grid Makes an Impact at Africas Water-Energy-Food Nexus

 Water, energy and food – the three are inextricably intertwined and increasingly challenging to access or provide on a basis that’s sustainable economically, environmentally and society-wide. That’s especially the case in isolated, resource-challenged parts of the world most vulnerable to climate change. Young innovative solar and cleantech startups, with support from multilateral sustainable energy and development organizations, are working to change.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th August 2017

Aspirant holds free medical camp for 1,500 residents

 Jubilee MP aspirant for South Imenti constituency Shadrack Mwiti has sponsored a five-day free medical camp for residents.   About 1,500 people were examined on the first day of the medical camp.   Doctor Mwihurih Githinji said gastritis, hypertension andurinary tract infections were common ailments.   He said they refererred four patients with high blood pressure to Meru Level Five Hospital and detected 11 cases of cancer.   “We have also.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 11th August 2017

Kenya: Insti HIV Self Test Demonstrates High User Acceptance in Kenya Study

 bioLytical Laboratories Inc., a leader in rapid diagnostic assays, is pleased to share that its INSTI HIV Self Test was featured at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris as an oral presentation. The late breaker abstract[1] highlighted ground-breaking research into blood-based self-testing with INSTI, creating a foundation for other researchers to build on. The results were presented to an audience of several hundred delegates from all.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 11th August 2017

AAR Kenya to build Sh2.5 billion hospital

 A regional healthcare provider is set to open its first hospital wing in the country before the end on the year to meet the ever rising healthcare demands from the public.   AAR Health Care Kenya, which has presence in three East African countries, namely Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, will spend at least Sh2.5 billion to put up the new facility that has a capacity of over 100 beds.   Since its establishment a few years ago, the medical company mainly majored in.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 11th August 2017

Pumwani Maternity receives Sh43m medical equipment

 The Pumwani Maternity Hospital on Friday received Sh43 million medical and bio-metrical equipment.   The donation from Coca Cola Africa is aimed at reducing maternal deaths.   While handing over the donation, Nairobi Governor Kidero’s wife, Susan Mboya, who doubles as the president of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation said the project has been a great success.   She said the donation had been made possible through the partnership with Medshare.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 11th August 2017

Kenya: Free Medical Cover for Elderly to Start 2018, CS Mailu Says

 Elderly citizens under the government's cash transfer programme will soon be enjoying free medical cover as part of enhanced welfare for the aged.   The government intends to enlist all Kenyans aged 70 years and above to the National Hospital Insurance Fund and pay for their monthly contributions to enable them access free medical services.   According to the Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, the Inua Jamii program run by the Ministry of Labour will be.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 11th August 2017



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